The Outdoors Company Celebrates its 15th Year!
This month at The Outdoors Company, we celebrate fifteen years of supplying our valued customers with exciting promotional merchandise, gifts and corporate wear solutions from many of the world’s leading outdoor brands. And in our fifteenth year, we’re going from strength to strength!
The Outdoors Company was set up back in 2007 to establish partnerships with brands to look after the needs of the corporate sector, and it now boasts a large portfolio of premium retail brands as partners and operates in a diverse range of sectors.
What is the history of The Outdoors Company?
The Outdoors Company was created in 2007 after Directors Paul Morley-Smith and Mark Dix saw a vision to supply high-end premium outdoor brands to the corporate B2B market whilst running a successful Skiing Company in Courchevel, France. After a year of planning and negotiations with most of the top outdoor retail brands, The North Face was the first large company to back our big idea! This really kick-started the business in the early years and gave us the foundations to roll out to more high-end outdoor brands.
Our aim and vision was to be the one-stop corporate supplier for all outdoor brands in the UK. Over the years, we’ve grown, forming unique and lasting relationships with most of the leading outdoor brands. We’re now contracted to develop the distribution of outdoor products to the corporate sector for the likes of leading retail brands such as The North Face, Berghaus, Patagonia, Montane, RAB, and Columbia.
We have a wealth of knowledge and expertise when it comes to range of products each brand offers which means we can advise on items which will best fulfill the brief!
This is what sets us apart from other suppliers – our strong partnerships with many of the world’s most popular retail outdoor brands and our commitment to ensuring the customer is provided with the right kit for their purpose and environment.
What are the advantages of using products from premium outdoor brands for promotional purposes?
Many businesses are attracted by the idea of their brand sitting alongside many of the world’s most recognised and respected brands. Aligning a brand with the values and ideals of leading brands such as the environmentally conscious Patagonia sends out a powerful message – that a company invests in these values and makes them implicit in the services and products they deliver.
And investing in high-quality promotional items also lets a workforce know they are valued and will make them feel good about work, as well as look good.
While the initial investment in clothing and bags from premium outdoor brands for promotional purposes might be higher than that of low-end, unbranded or non-retail items, it’s a value-for-money option. Staff are more likely to use these products, both in work and out, which means greater exposure of your logo!
As well as supplying premium branded outdoor wear, we also provide embroidery and print services, which many of our customers tend to opt for simply because of the risk involved in personalising high-end technical garments. We have the expertise and experience to ensure these expensive garments are personalised to the highest standard.
Where do we see ourselves in the next 15 years?
We aim to continue to educate our customers on outdoor brands and where they sit in the market so they can choose the best products to suit their budgets and purpose. From 2023, we’ll be operating a dedicated EU distribution hub in The Netherlands and will be able to offer promotional distributors an end-to-end service of garment supply with decoration and delivery direct to the end-user client.
And we’ll always be seeking that ‘something different’ that our customers often ask for whilst always looking to expand our portfolio of brands and bringing on board new partners. We’re all about staying ahead of the curve and keeping up with what’s new and what’s recommended in the industry. Our close relationships with our brands mean they tell us about the latest technical garments to hit the market and we’ll continue to pass this on to our customers.
Thank you to all of our customers and partner brands, here’s to the next 15 years!
If you’d like more information on the brands we supply and our personalisation service, get in touch!